Producer’s Note #16 – Get Ready for Stories!

Producer’s Note #16 – Get Ready for Stories!

We all have a favorite number, and this year it is FIVE. That’s right. This coming Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 17, 2018) marks our 5th Madison County Florida Storytelling Tellabration!TM. It doesn’t seem possible that we are already into our fifth year of planning, but we are.

First, we have to tell you about an important update. Everyone enjoys the pastoral setting of a farm for our events, so this year we will again meet under a big tent on a farm. In fact, we will be just up the road a bit from our former location. Set your GPS for The Wally Davis Farm, as he and his wife Vonnie are opening their gates to us for a fun day of stories on his property (5757 NE Rocky Ford Road, Madison, FL 32340).  They have plenty of space for our big tent and for parking, nicely equipped bathrooms, and giant oak trees with plenty of shade for visiting and enjoying the day. As you get close, you will see our signs along the way assuring you that you are getting closer to storytelling.

Now, about those stories: This anniversary edition of our event will bring some favorite tellers from our first year, some new tellers, more students, and many more listeners than ever before.

To celebrate the artful tradition of storytelling, we are so happy to welcome back two of our favorite featured tellers who inaugurated our event our very first year: Linda Schuyler Ford and Robyn Rennick. Linda’s stories told with artistry and warmth will keep you mesmerized, and Robyn’s down-home tales of folks like us will keep you reminiscing and laughing.

Allowing us to focus on the local tradition of storytelling, our list of Madison and Duval County tellers has some returning and favorite names on it and a few more who have never told on our stage before. Oh, and yes, a favorite feature of our stage, the youth tellers, will contain even more tellers from area schools than ever before.

Starting at 10:00 and ending around 4:00 we will have five storytelling “concerts” where you can simply relax and listen. However, just like last year, we will have a chance for YOU to tell YOUR story on our “Open Stage”. Just put your name in the hat, and if we draw your name, the stage is yours to tell any five-minute, family-friendly story you wish!

During the day, you might get hungry, so don’t worry. We will have some freshly made goodies on the grill provided by a local church for your donation to their youth project.

It will be a big day with so much going on, so mark your calendars now and join us! Come hear stories of all kinds, and feel the power that stories have to connect us all. Meet us at the farm, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

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